As an occasional vegetarian— emphasis on the occasional— I love that Chipotle serves a meat substitute as delicious as sofritas! Sofrtias give any burrito or taco that meaty texture, smokey flavor, and hearty richness that you seek in any filling meal. With this recipe, I think I cracked the code for how to replicate sofritas at home, with only 5 ingredients.

The secret to Chipotle's sofritas is braised tofu, cooked in their special spice blend. If you look up a sofritas recipe online, you'll see that most are fairly complicated and take much longer to cook. They require numerous ingredients like chipotles in adobo or poblano peppers, that aren't as common around the household.

To replicate these spices and flavor profiles, I decided to use soyrizo as the base for my sofritas recipe. Soyrizo gives that smokey and spicy flavor that you find in adobo, and it takes little to no time to cook. I combined soyrizo with finely diced firm tofu, which gives you that chunky textural component that you find with Chipotle's sofritas. Lastly, this recipe is finished off with caramelized shallots to add a hint of sweetness, as well as cilantro and garlic to zest it up! This version of sofritas is super easy and quick to make— perfect for any college student with limited time. I recommend testing this recipe out for your next Taco Tuesday and sharing it with a group of friends, because the recipe makes a big yield. 

#Spoon Tip: I added my sofritas to tacos using corn tortillas, homemade guacamole, shredded cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes! 


  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:15 mins
  • Total Time:20 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Easy


  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 pack Soyrizo
  • 2 small shallots diced
  • 1 clove garlic diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Madelyn Gagnon
  • Step 1

    Dice the tofu, shallots, and garlic into very small pieces

  • Step 2

    Heat a frypan on Medium heat with 1 tsp of olive oil

  • Step 3

    Add the tofu, shallots, and garlic. Brown for 5 mins

  • Step 4

    Add the soyrizo, and cook the mixture on Medium/High heat, until crispy, for 10-15 minutes

  • Step 5

    Lastly, add the cilantro to the mixture right before serving

  • Step 6

    Serve in tortillas for tacos or a delicious burrito

Next time you want to make some delicious vegetarian tacos or burritos, give this easy 5 ingredient recipe a try! It'll save you a trip to Chipotle, and is a great recipe to add to any student chef's repertoire.  As Guy Fieri would say, these sofritas will take you on a trip to "flavortown."